‘Sandman’ TV Series From Neil Gaiman, David Goyer a Go at Netflix – Hollywood Reporter

The drama, from Warner Bros. TV, landed at the streamer with what sources describe as a massive financial commitment and DC Entertainment’s most-expensive TV foray ever.

Neil Gaiman’s beloved Vertigo comic Sandman is finally coming to the screen.

More than three years after New Line’s failed attempt to turn the graphic novel into a feature film, Netflix has signed what sources describe as a massive financial deal with Warner Bros. Television to adapt the best-seller into a live-action TV series. Sources familiar with the deal note that it is the most expensive TV series that DC Entertainment has ever done. 

Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman, ABC’s The Catch, Grey’s Anatomy) is set to write and serve as showrunner on the straight-to-series drama. Gaiman, who created the ongoing monthly comic, will exec produce alongside David Goyer. Gaiman and Goyer were both attached to New Line’s most recent attempts to adapt Sandman for the big screen. 

Netflix and Warners declined comment as a formal deal has not yet closed. An episode count was not immediately available.

The Netflix take represents the first Sandman TV series after numerous efforts to adapt Gaiman’s horror, fantasy and mythology tale about Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams, and the Endless, the powerful group of siblings that includes Destiny, Death, Destruction, Despair, Desire and Delirium (as well as Dream).

Attempts to turn Sandman into a feature film franchise started in the 1990s with Warner Bros. — the parent company of Vertigo, the former imprint of DC Comics. The film went through multiple incarnations and writers in the 1990s and early 2000s and eventually toiled away in development purgatory. Gaiman (whose work has been adapted for TV with Starz’s American Gods, Amazon’s Good Omens) announced in late 2013 that he was teaming with Joseph Gordon-Levitt for a feature film that wound up being set up at Warner Bros.-owned New Line. Gordon-Levitt was set to star and direct before bailing on the film following creative differences with the studio in March 2016. Eric Heisserer, the last screenwriter attached to New Line’s Sandman, said in November 2016 that he was no longer attached to the film.

“I … came to the conclusion that the best version of this property exists as an HBO series or limited series, not as a feature film, not even as a trilogy,” Heisserer told iO9 in November 2016. “The structure of the feature film really doesn’t mesh with this. So I went back and said here’s the work that I’ve done. This isn’t where it should be. It needs to go to TV.”

Sources say Warners, which controls the IP, took the Sandman TV pitch to multiple outlets, including corporate sibling HBO. The premium cable network did not make a play for the series given the massive price tag attached (and likely number of other big world shows in the works) and Netflix snapped it up as the streamer continues to make an active play for massive IP that could be turned into subscriber-friendly franchises a la Amazon’s Lord of the Rings and HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Since parting ways with Marvel, Netflix has aggressively pursued big-name IP — like Magic: The Gathering, The Chronicles of Narnia and the works of Roald Dahl — as the streamer courts new subscribers with exclusive new takes on beloved franchises.

The Sandman deal will provide a financial windfall to Warners, which is in final negotiations for a new film and TV pact with J.J. Abrams that could be worth north of $500 million. Sources note that the studio opted to sell it to a third party in a bid to bring additional revenue to the company rather than placing it at its forthcoming streaming service. The studio will next look to re-sign prolific comedy producer Chuck Lorre as the Big Bang Theory co-creator’s current deal expires in 2020.

Heinberg is repped by Hansen Jacobson; Goyer, whose TV credits include Syfy’s Krypton and NBC’s Constantine (both based on DC characters), is with WME and Bloom Hergott; Gaiman is with CAA.

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While WorldPride Rolls, 2 LGBTQ Events Are Cancelled Due To Safety Concerns – NPR

Lil Miss Hot Mess reads to children during a Drag Queen Story Hour in Brooklyn, NY. The event is held in libraries across the country, including, in the past, at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

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Lil Miss Hot Mess reads to children during a Drag Queen Story Hour in Brooklyn, NY. The event is held in libraries across the country, including, in the past, at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

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As thousands gathered in New York City for the world’s largest LGBTQ celebration, some other events across the country were unable to proceed due to threats and safety concerns.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Jacksonville Public Library in Florida both canceled events that celebrate LGBTQ pride scheduled for this weekend.

In the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Library saw a threat posted on Reddit and decided to cancel its Drag Queen Story Hour, an event the library has hosted a number of times in the past with no problem.

The Jacksonville Public Library planned to host a “Storybook Pride Prom” last Friday and provide a safe space for LGBTQ teenagers. The sold-out event was canceled following protests and threats, according to the library.

Both libraries apologized for the cancellations and ensured they would create programs in the future that promote diversity.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, Drag Queen Story Hour will not be presented this Saturday,” reads a statement from the Carnegie Library’s website. “CLP is proud to join other libraries around the country to offer programming to families that explores diversity and encourages empathy, kindness and understanding. We look forward to resuming story hour next season.”

Both events were protested by religious groups in the days leading up to the last weekend of Pride Month.

The Jacksonville library received criticism both for hosting the event and for canceling it.

Residents angry that the prom was canceled protested outside a branch of Jacksonville library and called for its director’s resignation, according to News4Jax.

Responding to criticism, the library followed up its initial statement with a second, assuring patrons that it was not bowing to political pressure, instead making a tough choice to protect the safety of the 14-18-year-old teenagers who were planning to attend.

“To be clear: Our cancellation of the Pride Prom does not mean that we agree with — or are bowing to pressure from — those who protested the event. We are not a political, religious or activist organization. We are, however, an organization dedicated to diversity, inclusivity and the safety of all who use our space,” the statement said.

Return to Order, an anti-LGBT organization, amassed over 20,000 signatures on an online petition to cancel Carnegie’s Drag Queen Story Hour. The petition reads, “These events are confusing to children, encouraging them to contradict reality and to accept cross-dressing and “gender fluidity” as normal.”

Similarly to the Jacksonville Public Library, a representative of the Carnegie Library said that political pressure was not a factor in canceling the Drag Queen Story Hour, according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

Maintaining safety and security at events intended for members of the LGBTQ community remains a challenge across the country.

NPR’s Neda Ulaby, reporting from WorldPride, told Weekend Edition about the safety precautions the massive NYC event has in place.

“They’re putting thousands of officers, both uniformed and plainclothes, on the street,” Ulaby said. “There are bomb-sniffing dogs. There are heavy weapons teams. There’s surveillance for unauthorized drones.”

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Taylor Swift Blasts Scooter Braun, whom she calls ‘Bully,’ for Owning Her Music – TMZ

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The Weirdest Places Snakes Slither, Surprise and Terrify – Inside Edition

Some people love them, and some people understandably hate them. There are more than 3,000 species of snakes across the world and they’re found on every continent except Antarctica. And sometimes, they pop up in unexpected places. We at InsideEdition.com love a good slithering scare, so we’ve rounded up some of the weirdest places people have found snakes, from planes to showers. Caution: This video may make you scared to use your toilet.

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WATCH: Miley Cyrus performs ‘Old Town Road’ cover during ‘career-defining’ Glastonbury set – Buzz.ie

Miley Cyrus certainly wowed the crowds at Glastonbury today.

The US singer and songwriter won rave reviews from fans as she performed on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury on Sunday.

Miley Cyrus, 26, was branded “amazing” by fans, who also called her set at the legendary musical festival “career-defining”.

The set saw her perform some of her own classic tunes, such as We Can’t Stop, and Party in the U.S.A.

The star also donned a pink wip and cap to become her Netflix Black Mirror character Ashley O.

Miley has some guests on-stage too, with Mark Ronson joining her for their collaboration Nothing Breaks Like a Heart.

The pair also performed a cover of Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black.

Meanwhile her dad Billy Ray Cyrus performed with her and Lil Nas X on track Old Town Road.

Festival-goers were also impressed by Miley’s cover of Black Dog by Led Zeppelin.

Discussing her set online, one fan exclaimed: “Miley is owning it!”

Another added: “Watching Miley Cyrus at Glastonbury on the TV and it’s safe to say if she tours the UK… I AM. THERE! Absolute QUEEN.”

A third chimed in: “F**k me this is a career defining set by Miley Cyrus – putting everything she has and more in to this set @GlastoFest – her voice sounds amazing.”

While a fourth exclaimed: “Miley Cyrus just covered Black Dog by Led Zeppelin and it was genuinely f**king amazing.”

Glastonbury 2019 runs from Wed 26 June – Sun 30 June.

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‘Toy Story 4’ tops box office for second week as ‘Annabelle Comes Home’ hits franchise low – Fox News

Toy Story 4” hung onto the top spot in its second week in theaters and the horror sequel “Annabelle Comes Home” opened in line with expectations, but the Cinderella story of the weekend was actually the third place movie: “Yesterday.”

The Danny Boyle-directed musical romantic comedy featuring the music of the Beatles debuted well over industry expectations, earning an estimated $17 million from North American theaters. In a summer where most films have debuted either under or at industry tracking, which are often lowball projections, and original comedies have struggled to find audiences, “Yesterday” proved to be the exception.

Starring relative newcomer Himesh Patel, “Yesterday” imagines a world where only one man remembers the music of the Beatles and decides to present their catalog of hits as his own.


Although critics were mixed, audiences, who were mostly female (56 and over the age of 25 (75 percent) have embraced the film with an A- CinemaScore and a 90 percent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Universal’s President of Domestic Theatrical Distribution Jim Orr says he tries to use the word “thrilled” judiciously, but that it applies here.

“Among all of the sequels and all of the explosions of the summer, this is a very charming, original, whimsical musical romance with iconic music and amazing performances… (and direction),” Orr said. “All of that adds up to a great, great run at the domestic box office.”

Even Warner Bros., which has the Bruce Springsteen-themed film “Blinded by the Light” coming later this summer was heartened by “Yesterday’s” launch, which motivated a solidly adult demographic to trek out to the movie theater on opening weekend.



As Comscore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian put it: “It’s not always the No. 1 film that’s the big story.”

The No. 1 film was once again “Toy Story 4,” which added $57.9 million from domestic theaters, down 52% from its debut last weekend. Globally the film has already netted $496.5 million.

Of the top grossing films of 2019, Disney now occupies the top four spots with “Avengers: Endgame,” ”Captain Marvel,” ”Aladdin” and “Toy Story 4.”

In second place was the third Annabelle film, “Annabelle Comes Home,” which debuted on over 3,500 screens Wednesday. The Warner Bros. horror earned $20.4 million over the weekend and $31.2 million in its first five days.


Although it is a franchise low — the first two opened over $35 million — with a budget of $27 million, it did well enough to justify its existence.

“This was a reasonable movie to make,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.’ head of domestic distribution. “You don’t have to exceed on every one.”

He noted that the “Conjuring Universe” is the most successful horror franchise of all time with over $1.6 billion in ticket sales. And after a few back-to-back “Conjuring” spinoffs, the franchise is taking bit of a breather; “The Conjuring 3” won’t hit theaters until after Labor Day next year.

“Aladdin” and “The Secret Life of Pets 2” rounded out the top five. “Avengers: Endgame” also made it back into the top 10 after Disney added over 1,000 screens this weekend. It added an estimated $5.5 million, bringing its domestic total to $841.3 million. Globally, it’s now at $2.76 billion.



While some have viewed the “bring back” campaign as a naked “cash grab” to try to beat the “Avatar” record ($2.79 billion worldwide), Dergarabedian thinks it has more to do with “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” which opens next weekend and picks up right after the events of “Endgame.”

The weekend overall is down nearly 15 percent from last year and the year to date deficit is around 9.4%.

“We’ve been trying to dig our way out of this deficit for it seems like forever,” Dergarabedian said. “Some of the movies that were expected to be grand slam home runs were more like triples.”

But Sony and Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” which has already earned $111 million from China, Japan and Hong Kong, could help turn the year around.


“There’s a lot riding on Spider-Man’s shoulders,” Dergarabedian said. “I think this will be a real shot in the arm to the industry both financially and emotionally.”

He added: “If Spidey can’t do it, no one can.”

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.


1. “Toy Story 4,” $57.9 million.

2. “Annabelle Comes Home,” $20.4 million.

3. “Yesterday,” $17 million.

4. “Aladdin,” $9.3 million.

5. “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” $7.1 million.

6. “Men in Black: International,” $6.6 million.

7. “Avengers: Endgame,” $5.5 million.

8. “Child’s Play,” $4.3 million.

9. “Rocketman,” $3.9 million.

10. “John Wick: Chapter 3,” $3.2 million.

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Keanu Reeves, Francis Ford Coppola And Other Film Stars Condemn Violence Against Cinema Collective – Deadline

Keanu Reeves, Francis Ford Coppola, Alfonso Cuarón, Spike Lee, and others are voicing support for Italian cinema collective Cinema America, which had four members of its organization physically attacked by an alleged alt-right organization following a screening of Paul Schrader’s First Reformed.

Cinema America, also known as Piccolo America (little America), is based in the Roman neighborhood of Trastevere and is known for free outdoor film screenings. Italian media reports its members were allegedly attacked for wearing t-shirts bearing the collective’s name, which the assailants viewed as “anti-fascist” clothing. They were beaten when they did not comply.

Italian media said the June 16 attack was made by a member of a youth wing of Italy’s neo-fascist CasaPound political party, which goes by the name Blocco Studentesco.

Reeves and others have signed a statement from Cinema America that was issued Thursday. The organization first released the statement on its Facebook page

The Guardian media outlet translated the statement in Italian. “It is unacceptable that there is still someone that thinks they can impose their view through the use of violence … We can’t accept a wound of this kind, inflicted not only to the world of art and cinema but to the whole world.”

Guillermo del Toro, Stephen Frears and actors Willem Dafoe Jeremy Irons, Debra Winger, Richard Gere and John Malkovich have also signed the letter of support.

Italian media said the June 16 attack was made by a member of a youth wing of Italy’s neo-fascist CasaPound political party, which goes by the name Blocco Studentesco.

Cinema America organizes free outdoor movie screenings in Rome.


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‘Every Guy Wants To Be James Bond.’ But Would They Pay $545 For His Onesie? – NPR

Actor Sean Connery poses as James Bond next to his Aston Martin DB5 in a scene from the United Artists release ‘Goldfinger’ in 1964.

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He saunters up behind a sunbathing woman, exuding coolness and charm. He wears a baby-blue terry-cloth swimsuit, cut-off mid-thigh, adorned with a golden belt buckle.

He goes to introduce himself, but viewers already know the name.

“Bond. James Bond.”

Many consider Goldfinger, 1964, to be the best Bond film ever made. And it wouldn’t be the iconic installment it is today without Sean Connery’s confident introduction to Shirley Eaton’s Bond girl, Jill Masterson, enrobed in his sleek blue onesie.

Apparently, fans of the film envision themselves emitting the same confidence if only they had the dress to match, because a British clothing brand’s recreation of the onesie sold out almost immediately online.

Orlebar Brown, a British company that produces a collection of 007 clothing, released the onesie on its website for $545 on May 15.

“It’s a curiosity piece,” says Christopher Laverty, author of Fashion in Film and editor of the website Clothes On Film, in an interview with NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday. “Every guy, I don’t care who you are, every guy wants to be James Bond.”

The brand also sells a version of Roger Moore’s safari jacket from The Man With The Golden Gun and Connery’s robe from Dr. No. Daniel Craig donned Orlebar Brown’s blue setter shorts in Skyfall’s Shanghai pool scene.

For customers who want to step inside the clothes of one of cinema’s most iconic characters, there is now an online waitlist for the onesie and the site’s description predicts the item will be back in stock in July.

“At the bottom of the page, was this glorious terry cloth onesie,” says James Wester, a Bond fan who discovered the product online. “I couldn’t believe that it actually existed in reality because it’s that one piece of clothing … that everybody who’s a James Bond fan I think knows about.”

Laverty, for his part, associates the product with goofiness not glory.

“A lot of people see this as perhaps one of Bond’s only real infamous fashion disasters … I can’t really understand how it sold out, but wow,” Laverty says.

“It’s a little odd, even Sean Connery can’t really pull it off. It’s amazing to me that guys now are trying it.”

Still, he acknowledges the costume’s importance to the film’s legacy.

“What’s amazing in the movie is that he manages to outsmart Goldfinger, get the girl, all in basically 10 minutes while wearing this item of ridiculous clothing,” Laverty says, pointing out that the item actually more closely resembles a playsuit than a onesie, a brand name for a baby’s jumpsuit.

Laverty surmises that Orlebar Brown is targeting rich older men with the novelty product.

For the average Bond fan, without hundreds of dollars to spend on terrycloth play suits, the product might remain a fantasy wish list item for now.

Says Wester: “$545 is probably a little too much, but if this does take off and people continue to want these, I could imagine maybe buying the Target version.”

This story was produced and edited for radio by Dana Cronin and Melissa Gray.

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Woman forest department official assaulted in Telangana, TRS MLA’s brother held – Times of India

Telangana woman
forest department official was injured on Sunday when she was attacked by some people, allegedly led by the brother of a ruling TRS MLA, at a village in
Komaram Bheem Asifabad district over a land issue.

As a video footage of the attack on
Forest Range Officer C Anitha went viral, police in a swift action arrested Koneru Krishna Rao, brother of Sirpur MLA Koneru Kannappa.

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president K T Rama Rao condemned the attack and said no one was above the law even as opposition Congress and BJP slammed the K Chandrasekhar Rao government.

Superintendent of Police Malla Reddy said Krishna Rao has been arrested and booked under various sections of the IPC.

We have registered cases against Krishna and arrested him. The presence of the leaders emboldened the villagers to attack, Malla Reddy told PTI.

In a tweet, Rama Rao said: “I strongly condemn the atrocious behaviour of Koneru Krishna who attacked a forest officer who was doing her job. He has been arrested & a case booked already; no one is above law of the land.”

A Forest department official said Anitha has been hospitalised.

According to the official, Anitha had gone to Sarasala village with some officials to plant saplings as part of the government’s ‘Haritha Haram’ green initiative programme when some people, led by Krishna, attacked them with bamboo poles, claiming that the land belonged to them.

The video footage showed Anitha climbing a tractor to escape and Krishna and other villagers attacking the vehicle.

An unidentified man is then seeing hitting the woman official.

Speaking to reporters at the hospital, Anitha alleged Krishna first hit her with a bamboo stick, followed by others in the group.

Telangana Principal Chief Conservator of Forest P K Jha said the land where the officials went belonged to the forest department and the MLA was also informed about it.

He said the department would take up this issue seriously at a higher level.

“It was forest land. I was given to understand that earlier there were some attempts to encroach it. That time our people got them vacated. It was totally under our control. There is no cultivation. His (MLAs) brother was there (during the attack),” Jha told PTI.

Kannappa could not be reached for his reactions.

Krishna Rao was recently elected vice chairman of the Komaram Bheem Asifabad zilla parishad.

The incident drew condemnation from Congress state president Uttam Kumar Reddy and the BJP.

BJP spokesperson Krishna Sagar Rao claimed the attack showed failure of law and order in the state.

“I am asking the Chief Minister, is it Bangaru (Golden) Telangana? Is it the protection you provide to women?” he asked.

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Telangana: TRS party members attack female forest officer at Kagaznagar